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Aussies shoot down English World Cup chat

England see the Women’s World Cup final as a cricketing Cinderella story in waiting, with captain Heather Knight saying victory is “written”.

But Australia aren’t having a bar of it, labelling that narrative nonsense as they close in on the prize their world No.1 ranking merits.

The two titans of women’s cricket meet in Christchurch on Sunday in the ODI World Cup final, with Australia and England winning 10 of the past 11 tournaments.

Despite their dominance, this is the first time in 34 years they’ve played off in a 50-over showpiece, which seems a fitting end to a tournament dubbed the best women’s World Cup ever.

The two sides land in the final from two different journeys.

Australia is riding a wave of success this summer, claiming the Ashes without loss and winning eight straight games on the road to the final in New Zealand.

England were on the other end of the Ashes hiding, and lost their opening three World Cup matches before jumping off the canvas with five wins to make the final.

Perhaps that’s why Knight told her teammates, according to spinner Charlie Dean, a win in the final seems destined.

“Heather said that it’s kind of written for us, the start that we’ve had and how amazing would it be to pull this off,” Dean said.

“So I think we all really do believe and that’s just one half of the battle really.”

The talk has raised Australian eyebrows, with Alyssa Healy dismissing the fairytale England are writing.

“It’s an interesting comment considering the cricket they’ve played,” she told AAP.

“Yes, they’ve been peaking at the right time, but they’ve won some games they probably shouldn’t have.

“You could look at it that way and take some solace from that if you’re in their changeroom but from our point of view, it almost feels like it’s our destiny.

“We have won seven games in this World Cup and won some really good games against some really good teams.

“We’re going really well as a side and as a team unit and we’re in the best possible shape to be in the final.”

Captain Meg Lanning said she “wasn’t too fussed” about any talking from the sidelines.

“It’s really irrelevant what’s happened previously. It’s really irrelevant what you say,” she said.

“It’s actually about going out there and playing to your best and executing your skills under pressure. That’s what it’s about tomorrow.”

Asked about her comments, Knight downplayed them, saying she didn’t remember making them.

“I might have said it’s a good story if we are able to win it. The stage is set for us to write a remarkable story,” she said.

“It is a fresh slate. A fresh day. A fresh game. Us and Australia will go in as equals.

“It’ll mean more after the start we’ve had in this competition … being able to turn it around would be remarkable really. It would make it even more special.”

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